“Bodega” continues to be one of those places I visit when I am in a pinch, looking for a restaurant that not only serves up a good meal, but does so in a great setting. They just tick off all my boxes so, here is a revisit visit post, with us trying new dishes and some of their desserts this time.
Their romantic setting is given some colour with their Spanish theme broadcasted through posters that covered the walls, while their history was showcased in black and white portrait photography that filled the rest of the wall space.
We started with a dish of house marinated mixed olives to pair with our glasses of red wine. Briny nuggets served in a dish that gave us a place to put its pits.
“Tabla de ibericos”. Their assortment of the finest charcuterie from Spain was an impressive assembly, well worth the $28. Thin seasoned cuts of meat, sharp and firm cheeses, pickled olives and cornichons, sweet quince jelly, and fragrant roasted garlic by the clove. This platter had everything to nibble on. And for $4 extra we were able to add on an order of “Pan y aceite Olivia” to round it out. Organic bread served with a side of Spanish evoo. Who doesn’t love warm bread dipped into fragrant oil. We were just missing a hint of salt to take it to the next level.
The “Tortilla eapanola potato omelette with aioli and mixed olives was so good that we ordered two. Thin slices of potato stacked and served with creamy mayo. Potatoes are always delicious and with its texture here, they are simply amazing.
“Piquillos rellenos”. Piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese, basil, dates, and marcona almonds; and they were amazing. Layers of flavour with fragrant pepper, salty and decadent cheese, sweet dates, and crushed nuts for crunch. And what a stunning presentation to boot!
The “Lengua estofada” is one that I have had before, and one that I deemed was worth trying today again. Beef tongue in a tomato, onion, and capers. Tender slices of meat in a tangy sauce, so good that my guests declared it the best beef tongue they have ever had.
With a vegetarian in the group we opted for the “Paella jardinera”. Saffron rice with pardon peppers, artichoke hearts, oyster mushrooms, asparagus, grilled fennel, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and peas. Be warned this does take 30 minutes to make, but the outcome is a fragrant, fulsome rice with a nice crunch to it. It provided a great base and a nice filler for all the dishes above.
We saved room to enjoy their “Pan de calatrava”. Bread pudding with figs, dates, and dulce de leche. This was a nice twist to the classic fluffy bread pudding, with a soggy centre and a nice liquor kick to finish on.
The “Churros” were made fresh and served with hot dipping chocolate and vanilla mascarpone. Each rod was crispy and the dip plentiful to coat it from tip to tip. Although as good as it was, I much prefer the classic cinnamon and sugar flavouring on my churros.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
Another great meal, so I see no reason to not continue visiting. A great place for authentic Spanish tapas, and a destination sure to impress you guests. A unique and original spot for a wonderful night out. Don’t deny your cravings.
1014 Main Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 2W1